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Hello all,

New member here, you can call me Neo for short. Pleased to be here.

I just upgraded from a Ninja 500 '06 to a Versys 1000 '17 This spring. I am loving the bike, and wanted to get some input on the only thing I cannot quite figure out myself.

Long story short, I am not sure I understand where my optimal acceleration power is when I am at highway speeds. The bike is a 2017 1000 model, factory new at time of purchase (0 Mi), all stock, and I've ridden it for 1000 miles now.

Lets say, I am in F1 mode, on the highway, 5th gear, and have reached 85-90mph, 6500rpm or so. If I try to accelerate further I get no little to no throttle response. The bike actually starts losing speed in some cases. Up to that point in RPM/MPH is any gear it works pretty much as I would expect it to. 6th gear is even worse, there seems to be no acceleration possible in 6th at any RPM/MPH.

I have come to understand that 6th is best used as a crusing gear, which means that this behavior may be as intended?

I've tried this in F0 mode too, same thing, so I don't think its the KTRC.

My gut is telling me that I don't understand the optimal RPM to gear usage and that I need to be at higher RPM to get the performance I think I should be getting. This is probably because I am still used to the performance of the Ninja 500 and only have that as a point of reference for my expectations.

I've tested running up the rpm and speed in 4th and had an easier time with getting above 90.

I am not trying to race this bike or anything. My main desire is to gain a solid understanding of what to expect the bike to be able to do, and what it's limits are.

The reason this worries me is because I feel that I should always have the quick response from the throttle to accelerate out of any sudden unexpected situations, and if the throttle doesn't deliver on demand, that can put me into a pinch.

Anything thoughts or opinions on how to get the most out of the bike would be appreciated.

Thank you,

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I keep my 16 V-1K in the full power mode and the least intrusive KTRC setting and have no issues with performance. Had issues with the bike under full throttle a few times when the KTRC was on any other settings....

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My bike rolls on nicely cruising in 6th gear from mid 60's to over 100mph...


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...Lets say, I am in F1 mode, on the highway, 5th gear, and have reached 85-90mph, 6500rpm or so. If I try to accelerate further I get no little to no throttle response. The bike actually starts losing speed in some cases....
My Vs are the 650 kind, and at the speeds you mention in 6th gear, if I "pin" the throttle, it goes like STINK... - (that's known as the WFO mode).

For a while, anyway.


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Hello all,
New member here, you can call me Neo for short.
My gut is telling me that I don't understand the optimal RPM to gear usage and that I need to be at higher RPM to get the performance I think I should be getting. This is probably because I am still used to the performance of the Ninja 500 and only have that as a point of reference for my expectations.
My advise is forget your gut and listen to your butt.

Riding a bike is all about the feel. Do what feels best to you and puts the biggest smile on your face.

If you are too low in the revs the bike will let you know with bucking, vibration, and slow acceleration. If too high you may find the rev limiter.

Don't get all wrapped around the axle and over think the issue. Stop looking at the tachometer and just enjoy the ride.
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